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NYS Police begin campaign for safe driving during holiday weekend

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ALBANY, N.Y.—Major Steven James of the New York State Police announced that Troop G will kick off a campaign on Friday in an effort to prevent roadway tragedies resulting from impaired driving.

State Police say motorists can expect to see checkpoints along with additional patrols checking for DWI and underage drinking initiatives.

"Celebration of St. Patrick's Day is a time honored tradition throughout New York State, but we want and encourage everyone to do so safely and responsibly. If you find yourself in a situation of consuming alcohol during your celebration, designate a driver or utilize alternate transportation," said Troop G Commander Major Steven James.

During the 2013 St. Patrick's Day weekend enforcement effort, troopers made 204 arrests for DWI, and issued a total of 9,763 tickets.

The New York State Police and NHTSA suggested the following tips to have a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day:
 
- Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
 
- Before you start drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
 
- If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
 
- If available, use your community's sober ride program
 
- Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.  Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
 
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, call local law enforcement. You could save a life.
 
- Remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride with someone who is impaired, help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. If a friend is drunk and wants to drive, intervene and take the keys away if you have to.

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